Matt Beard admits side couldnt have defeated Manchester United

first_imgWest Ham coach Matt Beard says his team’s performance wouldn’t have given room for defeating Manchester United in the Continental Tyres Cup quarter-finals.Manchester United progressed into the last four of the competition having beaten West Ham United at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium on Wednesday.“Over the course of the game, we didn’t deserve to win,” Beard told West Ham TV.  “Manchester United deserved to go through. I felt that they were the better team tonight. They created the better chances and they were quicker to the second balls, and for me that is frustrating.“We know we are struggling numbers-wise. We’ve been training with about 12 players for around three months. We had a three-week break and now we’re playing three games in seven days. We’ve lost Simic and Kiernan, and that’s not ideal for these big games.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“None of that is an excuse though, because we didn’t really deserve it. They deserved it and we’ve got to take that on the chin.”He continued: “I feel frustrated. I felt we did okay in the first half, but it was a frustrating first goal to concede because we worked on this in training after what happened against Arsenal.“I think we grew into the game. We did better in the last 20 minutes of the first half, and had a great chance to equalise, although Siobhan Chamberlain has made a great save.“The second goal changed the course of the game. I looked at the incident and I think it should be a free-kick on Kate Longhurst, but it’s gone against us. After that the game is gone, and for me that’s frustrating.”last_img read more

Finance Committee Requests Town Posts Employment Contracts Online To Increase Transparency

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At December’s Finance Committee meeting, Chair John Doherty made a request of Town Manager Jeff Hull to post all of the town’s employment contracts on the town’s website.Doherty pointed out that many municipalities are voluntarily posting their contracts online in the name of transparency. He’d like to see Wilmington follow suit. Doherty noted that such contracts are considered “public” documents.Town Manager Jeff Hull recently notified Superintendent Glenn Brand of the Finance Committee’s desire to see collective bargaining and individual employee contracts posted on the town’s website.According to a memo from Brand to the School Committee, Andrew Waugh, the school district’s attorney Andrew Waugh, has advised that “while it is customary for districts to post collective bargaining agreements online, it would be prudent to consult the School Committee members regarding the posting of individual employee contracts, as the decision about whether or not to post may be viewed as a policy decision; therefore it is ultimately a decision that the School Committee and Superintendent would need to make.”The School Committee will have a discussion surrounding Doherty’s request at their meeting this Wednesday night.(NOTE: Cover photo from Jamie Boudreau’s Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE & SUPERINTENDENT: We Have Building Needs That Must Be AddressedIn “Education”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s Meeting (August 13)In “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Sensex Nifty may spurt on retail inflation data TCS Q2 results Infosys

first_imgIndian stock markets on Friday could well reverse the massive losses of the previous day caused by expectations of an interest rate hike by the US Fed Reserve that saw the benchmark indices — BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty — plunge 1.56 per cent. The two triggers that could lead to a rally are September retail inflation data and upbeat TCS results for September quarter.Retail inflation in September improved to a 13-month low of 4.31 per cent from 5.05 per cent in the previous month. Food price inflation, the main contributor to overall inflation in the past few months, declined to 3.88 per cent during the month from 5.91 per cent in August. Analysts view this as not only positive, but also raising the scope for another rate cut of 25 basis points.Secondly, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest software services exporter, posted decent growth in consolidated net profit and revenues for the September quarter on a year-on-year (YoY) basis.While net profit rose 8.4 per cent to Rs. 6,603 crore, revenues were up 7.8 per cent to Rs. 29,284 crore. The company also declared interim dividend of Rs. 6.50 per equity share.These two factors could well reverse the drastic fall of Thursday when the BSE Sensex closed 440 points, or 1.56 per cent lower, at 27,643, while the NSE Nifty ended the day at 8,573, down 135 points.On Thursday, TCS shares closed 2.17 per cent lower at Rs. 2,328.50 apiece, while Infosys gained 2.14 per cent to end at Rs. 1,052.05.However, Q2 results of Infosys would influence market sentiments on Friday. The Bengaluru-based IT software services exporter had already hinted at a possible downward revision of revenue guidance for the year.On July 15, the company, while declaring its Q1 results, had lowered its FY2017 revenue guidance to 10.5-12 per cent from 11.5-13.5 per cent earlier, triggering a 10 per cent fall in share price.In September, Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys, had hinted at another downward revision triggered by factors such as Brexit.”What I could say is that we see that our Q2 growth is going to be higher than the Q1 growth, but we do see risks that would get us towards a territory of downward revision of guidance because the atmosphere during the course of Q2 has worsened compared to what we saw in the beginning of Q2. And you see the example of RBS, it is one such example,” told analysts during a call last month.The company’s June 2016 quarter consolidated net profit was $511 million on revenues of $2,501 million, translating into revenue growth of 10.9 per cent on a year-on-year (YoY) basis and 12.1 per cent in constant currency terms. The operating margin came at 24.1 per cent.last_img read more

ACC chief says officials irregularities wont be tolerated

first_imgIqbal MahmoodIn an effort to put his own house in order, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Iqbal Mahmood on Thursday warned its officials that no irregularity, nepotism, partiality and laxity will be tolerated in investigation into any complaint, reports UNB.He came up with the warning while addressing an urgent meeting with directors of all ACC divisional offices, deputy directors of all district coordinated offices, and secretary, director general and directors of the head office on how to ensure more transparency and accountability in the process of investigation and enquiry.”Every officer will be dearer to us as long as you carry out your duties honestly and transparently,” the ACC chairman said. “No mercy will be shown to those who will fail to fulfill the duties.”Talking about the timeline of enquiry, he said, “From now on, those who will fail to follow the timeline should switch to another institution as the ACC rules allow this.”Expressing his dismay over the delay in enquiry in the name of queries, Iqbal Mahmood said this will not be allowed from now on. “No query can be given without the approval of the commission. We’re trying our best to make this organisation a symbol of people’s confidence. We can’t allow that the image of the institution is tarnished for negligence and authoritarianism of anyone.”Mentioning that there were allegations of rude behaviour against some officials, he urged them to behave well with people. “Be careful of your behaviour and responsibility.”ACC commissioner Mozammel Haque Khan said the legal mandate of the commission will be implemented. “So, any rude behaviour is not desirable. If you respect the law, you can’t be arrogant,” he said.last_img read more

Reliving memories through art

first_imgOpenings windows to their imaginings of a reality that is unconventional and far removed from everyday trials, a group of artist have up with an artshow .Titled ‘Tales of Yore’, the month-long exhibition has invited artists, sculptors and satirists including K G Subramanyan, Shanti Dave, Jogen Chowdhary, Manu Parekh, K S Radhakrishnan, Arpana Caur, Sanjay Bhattacharya, to name a few, and will go until February 28 Every work of art displayed is a passage its creator travels to tell a story, to make newer discoveries of visions gifted by time and its many paradigms. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfViewers can see the conflict between flawless time and the raw innocence of imagination which is best captured by the forever pursuits of quizzing minds that artists epitomise. One of the artist Sandeep Jingdung has tried to reflect the experiences of his birth place Assam through his art work. From its flora and fauna, childhood memories to his love for natural surroundings, he has tried to infuse everything on the canvas beautifully. On the other hand, K S Radhakrishnan with his sculptures attempts to give a reflection of history, memory loss and his deep engagement with the world. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveApart from nature and childhood memories, artists have also tried to depict different cultural aspects, imaginary characters and a lot more. Based on mythology, Jayasri Burman’s artworks have a lyrical quality, decorative designs and elements of folk idiom. Whereas, Arpana’s work are feminine in context. Female figures emerge as symbols of solidarity. Internationally acclaimed artist Jogen Chowdhury has also displayed his works in the exhibition. Based on the memories, thoughts, dream and his immediate environment, the work is the combination of satire and anger, and real with imaginary in a fine sensibility and technique used by him.last_img read more

10 Crazy Tidbits About the First Voice of Apples Siri

first_img Register Now » Susan Bennett, 68, has an iconic voice, but most people don’t know her name.In an interview with Typeform, Bennett shared the story of how she became the first voice of Siri — and how she handled the news when she found out.You should check out the full interview, which includes audio clips and a timeline of human-computer interaction, but below are 10 interesting highlights.1. A different kind of vocal performance.Bennett started her career in music. She was a back-up vocalist for Burt Bacharach and Roy Orbison in the 1960s and ‘70s, and she sang TV and radio ad jingles. Today, she and her husband are in a band and perform together.2. Building trust in machines.In the mid-’70s, when ATMs first appeared, people did not feel secure withdrawing money from a machine. They were used to human bank tellers. So an advertising firm called McDonald & Little hired Bennett to give ATMs a persona called Tillie, voiced by Bennett.Related: How Siri Saved a Man’s Life3. For checking, press 1.In the ‘80s and ‘90s, Bennett voiced GPS and automated phone systems. If you checked your bank balance or made flight reservations over the phone back then, you may have heard her voice.4. A month of gobbledygook.In 2005, she landed a gig voicing nonsense phrases for a company called ScanSoft — strings of words and sounds such as “Malitia oi hallucinate, buckry ockra ooze.” The company was working on a text-to-speech service, but Bennett said she thought she was recording scripts for phone systems. She did this for a month, then declined a five-year contract with the client. Meanwhile, ScanSoft merged with Nuance Communications, which later partnered with Apple.5. Interim success.Between 2005 and 2011, Bennett worked with clients such as Coca-Cola, IBM, Ford and Delta Airlines.6. The surprise of her life.She didn’t know she was the voice of Siri until after the feature was added to iPhone 4S devices on Oct. 4, 2011. Engineers were able to take the gibberish phrases she recorded, cut them up and form them into the entire English language. Still, Bennett kept her identity hidden for two years, until a video by The Verge got people wondering.7. Where credit is due.Because Bennett never recorded the actual phrases that Siri delivers today, she’s not responsible for any of the sassy responses the voice assistant is famous for. “It all has to do with the programmers,” Bennett told Typeform.8. The Her effect.Bennett has received thousands of phone calls and emails from people who say they’ve formed an emotional relationship with Siri. In creating Siri’s personality, engineers worked to make her sound more human than previous robotic-sounding voice interfaces, programmed sassy comebacks and avoided making her too persistently helpful to the point of annoying users.Related: How Important Is Siri’s Personality?9. Sidestepped.Apple not only never admitted that Bennett was the voice behind Siri, but it also never paid her beyond the hourly wage she received from ScanSoft in 2005.10. Fame without responsibility.The iOS 7 software and all subsequent iOS systems do not feature Bennett’s voice. “I kind of got the best of both worlds because I was the original, and I do get to promote myself,” she told Typeform. “When Siri starts leading us all into the sea it won’t be my voice.” 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. April 14, 2017last_img read more